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The rest of the way : poems
McClatchy, J. D., 1945-
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Publication Information:
New York : :Knopf, 1990.
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81 pages ; 22 cm
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Central Library PS3563.C33977 R47 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

J. D. McClatchy is the author of four books of poems, two books of literary essays, & four opera libretti. He is the editor of "The Yale Review" & a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

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Booklist Review

Poetry editor of The Yale Review, teacher at some of the country's most pretigious universities, winner of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, McClatchy is clearly one of poetry's bright young stars. His third volume of poems finds him stretching--turning his eye to everything from AIDS to the delicate politics of the Middle East. Undoubtedly, it is the dexterous series of 15 sonnets ("Kilim") that this volume will be remembered for. Its formal sophistication ensures that it will be studied--and what a remarkable teaching device it will become--long after its insights into the Arab mind have been forgotten. ~--Stuart Whitwell

Library Journal Review

McClatchy is a deft practitioner of a highly literate formal verse, a master of the resonant detail: ``three lines erased in the address book.'' A daring and unsettling collection, this book contains both ``Fog Tropes,'' a subtle, moving poem about a dying friend, and ``Kilim,'' an improbably successful crown of sonnets about a Middle Eastern terrorist. McClatchy seems tempted to elaborate everything, and a wonderfully ornate musicality (``a foxglove's comb of honeyed canticles'') sometimes overpowers. But sharp images (a three-legged cat as ``a petition against grace'') and wit (Ravel and Stravinsky speaking respectively in flowing sentences and edgy, broken phrases) serve as a tonic. A richly textured and rewarding book by a remarkably accomplished poet.-- Kathleen Norris, Lemmon P.L., S.D. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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